Sunday, July 19, 2009

The games draw nearer and nearer, and the resistance to the 2010 Vancouver/Whistler continues with what is presently more vigour than the games promoters. They've pretty well be reduced to television ads. Here's what's happening out Vancouver way in terms of the resistance to the games- via the Olympics Resistance Network .


ORN annoucements‏:

Upcoming ORN general meetings: (Every 2nd Sunday) Sunday, July 19, 6pm @ Spartacus Books, 684 E. Hastings (The first meeting of each month includes time for new member orientation and Olympic issues background.)

Sunday, Aug. 2, 6pm and Sunday, Aug. 16, 6pm @ Spartacus Books, 684 E.Hastings

** If you are interested in ORN, but unable to attend Sunday meetings,consider getting involved in one of the subcommittees planning popular education/outreach, legal defense, fundraising, communications, etc. and contact for more information.
Upcoming events of interest in Vancouver:
Sunday, July 19

ORN at CAR-FREE SUNDAYS on the Drive

Sun., July 19, 12-4pm (Car-Free Sunday runs 12-7pm)

@ Charles and Commercial intersection (next to Granview Park)

Ongoing Car-Free Sundays are happening on Commercial Drive through August 23rd. ORN will be tabling at as many as possible. We’ll definitely be there on Sunday, July 19, and Sunday, August 23 (other dates to be determined).
Monday, July 27"BC DAY" - Before Columbus, before Canada, before Confederation


Mon. July 27, 5-7pm@ Grandview Park (on Commercial between Charles and William St.)

Drumming, Singing, Smudging. Feeding the people. (Photo by eyeye onflickr.) You can help out by bringing sandwiches, frybread, flats of juice, box of apples, oranges, etc. Many homeless and people in need live in this area, open to all.

So far in the past few years we've organized educational rallies at Kitsilano Beach, reminding people whose territory they are on. Drummers come out to show their support and it's actually a fun event. showing indigenous pride in our culture and the knowledge that this land is our land.

Another year we did Stanley Park, the entrance, and last year in Steveston we held an educational rally re: the big hoopla over the replica Christopher Columbus ship being docked there for tourists. This year,we're doing a combined event, one part is to educate people about who, for example, Trutch Street is named after (google - Joseph Trutch).

Hosted by the Indigenous Action Movement
604-682-3269 ex. 7718
Friday, July 31


Friday, July 31, 7pm@ Victory Square (between Cambie and Hamilton St., and between Hastingsand Pender St.)

(then march to GM place)

On July 31st 2009 Vancouver will be hosting the World Police and Fire Games. The games is an international sporting event where police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers compete against each other in over 65 sporting events. More than 12,000 police officers, corrections officers and firefighters will be in Vancouver for the 10 day event.

The Anti-Poverty Committee is calling for a mobilization against police brutality both locally and internationally, and the violence that the state perpetrates around the world everyday through police and correctional' facilities. The APC calls on all those individuals and groups who are against police brutality and the everyday terror and violence caused by the various police forces to participate in actions and events during the police and fire games.

The APC will stand to honor those in our community who have been killed, brutalized, and daily harassed by the police and to condemn not only the individual police forces, but the structure that allows them to get away with oppression, intimidation and violence everyday in our communities.

We believe that the police cannot be made accountable, and they will never truly protect those that they purport to, and that police will never make our communities safer, as they continue to harass, target and brutalize poor people, indigenous people, youth, sex trade workers and many others.

The APC is calling for a demonstration during the opening ceremonies of the games on July 31st at 7pm (location TBA). To get involved in the organizing of the demonstration please contact APC ( ).

If your organization would like to endorse the event please email the APC. We also encourage other groups to organize around these events and denounce the police and fire games. info/contact/organize:
(APC event endorsed by ORN)
Sunday, August 9


19th Annual Festival of Art and Change

Sun., Aug. 9, 12pm to 9:30pm

@ Cates Park, North Vancouver, Tsleil-Waututh territory

Under the Volcano is a progressive musical and community festival at Cates Park. 30+ artists, 4 stages, workshops, artisans market, community infofair, and more - rain or shine! (No alcohol, no pets – except guidance/assistance dogs. Wheelchair accessible.)

ORN will have a table in the info fair, as well as members participating in some of the workshops. Please come out and visit our table while enjoying the day!

**2:15-3:45 (90 mins): Resisting 2010 - Chris Shaw, ORN, Dustin Rivers +Micheal Vonn (BCCLA)4:00-5:15 (75 mins):

**Gaza 2 Gustafsen - Hanna Kawas, Gord Hill + Invincible

5:30-7:00 (90 mins):

**People's History of Kanada - Mona Oikawa, Kat Norris, Hari Sharma, Chin Banerjee Gates open at 12pm. General admission by donation: $10-20.

Low-income admissions by donation: $5 at Main gate

ONLY Transportation:

Free Shuttle bus from Broadway/Commercial Skytrain Station starting at 11am (roughly every 30 minutes).

Valet Bike Parking – at the top gate (west gate) from 12pm onwards.


(** Extremely limited parking! Please do not drive. **)

Take the 2nd Narrows Bridge towards North Vancouver; take the first EXIT, Dollarton Hwy; follow Dollarton East until you see signs for Cates Park (right side of the highway).

The Vancouver Renters At Risk group want to collect stories and interviews about some of the housing impacts of the Games; anyone with contacts, personal stories, ideas, etc., please send to: "Renters At Risk Campaign - Subject: renters on video I'm looking for BC renters who have been affected/experienced evictions, renovictions, and/or huge rent increases in the lead up to the Olympics. If that's you, are you willing to allow me to film you in a short 15-45sec segment? If you're interested in hearing more, please write: "
Olympic Resistance Network:


The Olympic Resistance Network is primarily based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories and exists as a space to coordinate anti-2010 Olympics efforts. In doing so, we act in solidarity with other communities across 'BC' - particularly indigenous communities who have been defending their land against the onslaught of the Olympics since the bid itself. Our organizing is largely being done under the slogan of "No Olympics on Stolen Native Land," while creating an opportunity for all anti-capitalist, indigenous, anti-poverty, labour, migrant justice, environmental justice, anti-war, and anti-colonial activists to come together to confront this two-week circus and the oppression it represents.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The OCAP guy is doing great job. Don't rest till the victimisers have been brought to justice.